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    Back to the Traditional - Canonet QL17 G-III

    Hello,
    I now back to analog photo and...
    Today I bought a RF camera Canon Canonet QL17 G-III
    I pay for this camera about 193$
    This photo is from a seller:



    Next step will be a Canon EOS 1v or Canon T-90 with 50mm 1.2

    And I pass exams to photography school in Bielsko-Biala ( Republic of Poland )

    Can you tell me something about this camera (QL) ?

    And can you tell me something about Legacy Pro ( 100 and 400 ISO ) BW negatives ?

    Cheers,
    Konrad Sadowski ( hmmm in english this will be Conrad Sadowsky )
    Last edited by SadowskiPL; 07-23-2010 at 04:13 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Here is a link to where you can get a manual for your new camera:

    http://www.butkus.org/chinon/canon/c...t_g-iii_17.htm

    These are great little cameras. You will need to deal with the battery issue (the battery they were designed for is no longer made) and, given their age, you may need to replace the light seals.

    There are lots of sources for solutions to both issues. I'd suggest John Goodman, who supplies light seal kits and battery adapters, and trades on eBay under the name "interslice".

    Have fun.
    Matt

    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    Welcome back to the dark side.

    Steve
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    I know from a seller , this camera week ago was been in conservation, light seals are new and battery is new , optics clean, RF is callibrated etc..
    This camera is in Mint+ state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SadowskiPL View Post
    And can you tell me something about Legacy Pro ( 100 and 400 ISO ) BW negatives ?
    Your questions about the camera have been pretty well covered. Be advised though that the camera will work fine without any batteries at all. You will, of course, lose the light meter and any automatic functions, but the shutter, iris, focusing, and film advance mechanisms will work perfectly when set manually. If this were the original Canon flash supplied for this camera, you'd have been in for a real treat. It runs at full power; but when it is attached to a powered camera. the iris is linked to the focusing mechanism and will automatically stop down to the correct f stop for perfect flash exposures. The flash pictured above is an after market generic flash which probably won't supply that function.

    Best guess, and it's a pretty good one, is that Legacy Pro films are re-labeled Fuji Acros 100 and Neopan 400. They're made in Japan, and how many other Japanese manufacturer's of B&W negative film are there? I think Fuji is the only game in town. Both are very good films, and I'd use them without hesitation.
    Frank Schifano

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    Can you tell me what 48mm filters will be good for documental & journal(?) photography ?
    What brand is good ?
    Or maybe buy reduction from 52mm to 48mm ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SadowskiPL View Post
    Can you tell me what 48mm filters will be good for documental & journal(?) photography ?
    What brand is good ?
    Or maybe buy reduction from 52mm to 48mm ?
    Search for "filter" on APUG forums.

    For black & white:
    Yellow - increase contrast, makes clouds stand out
    Orange - like yellow but stronger, darkens sky.
    Red - even stronger, makes sky black or almost black, use sparingly

    For color:
    UV or Skylight to cut distant haze.
    There is more about color but this will get you started.

    Filter size, nothing wrong with 48mm. Yes you can step down from 52mm to 48mm but why bother.

    Any more questions, just ask.

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    Is good option to use a some lightmeter with flashmetering ?
    In Canonet is Copal shutter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SadowskiPL View Post
    Is good option to use a some lightmeter with flashmetering ?
    In Canonet is Copal shutter?

    I have never used nor needed a flash meter. But what do I know, I have only only than four decades of experience. Ask someone older.

    Steve
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SadowskiPL View Post
    Is good option to use a some lightmeter with flashmetering ?
    The Canonet QL17 G-III has a flash guide number feature that allows the diaphragm and focus mechanism to couple for automatic flash exposure. To use this feature, you must know the guide number of the flash. I use a flash meter to determine the guide number and then set the guide number on the camera. This automatic flash exposure feature works with any camera mounted flash that has a flash guide number.

    I found a few disadvantages to this flash guide number feature:
    1. It requires batteries to function.
    2. It has only 3 guide number settings (metric 14, 20, and 28).
    3. It does now work as well as the Nikkor 45mm f/2.8 guide number lens or the guide number feature of the Minolta Hi-Matic 9 rangefinder.

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